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Iran to mass produce new submarine

Iran’s navy plans to launch assembly lines for submarines capable of covering long distances across the ocean and to deploy more warships in the Persian Gulf.

Iranian Navy’s Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem Bigham said on Friday that submarines and other vessels of various classes and capabilities are under construction in cooperation with the Defense Industries Organization, Fars News Agency reported.

Bigham also said the port town of Jask has been chosen in line with the aim of creating more harbors in the country’s southern waters. More military establishments are being set up there to host more naval units, he added.

“Soon another fleet [of warships] will officially start its activity in Jask … and another subsurface fleet will be assigned to the [Western coastal] region of Konarak.”

The admiral said the Islamic Republic’s military doctrine is a defensive one and we have designed our defense systems, which are under construction and will be deployed in the region, based on our familiarity with the region and the enemy.

He said the domestically-built Jamaran destroyer has been employed in the ongoing patrolling and monitoring missions in the Northern Indian Ocean.

“One of the navy’s prime missions is to monitor trans-regional fleets because any one of them can be a potential enemy for the country,” he explained.

Bigham also unveiled a submarine simulator dubbed Tareq which has been designed for pedagogical purposes, adding that the mobile simulator would soon be off the assembly line and used in the waters off Iran’s northern coasts.

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